The Sky After Rain: A Novel by D. E. LeeThe Sky After Rain: A Novel by D. E. Lee

The Sky After Rain: A Novel

byD. E. Lee

Paperback | April 1, 2017

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Amnaj Boonngamanong, owner of a Florida gulf coast bar, En La Playa, is forced to decide whether to sell his niece to pay gambling debts to a gangster known for his brutality to women or to risk his own life by refusing. He sells his niece. His decision sets off a chain of deadly events-as unstoppable as the hurricane that is battering the coastline-that alters the lives of his family, the undocumented immigrants in his bar, a prizefighter with no hands, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, and a toddler lost at sea. Told from multiple points of view, The Sky After Rain charts the depths to which people will go to endure the storms in their lives and to find salvation in the bonds they form with each other.

My spouse is Thai; I'm a poor student of the language. The Sky After Rain was workshopped in a writing group, The Bard Society, that I have been attended for about 8 years. The workshop is led by a Sewanee graduate (who worked on the journal) and later served as a secretary to Katherine Ann Porter. His insights into storytelling and cr...
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Title:The Sky After Rain: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.63 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Brighthorse BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944467033

ISBN - 13:9781944467036

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Redneck noir! Gulf Coast gothic! Absolutely unique! The Sky After Rain is a gem. D.E. Lee weaves a story of people from many continents who have many different connections to a bar on a sleepy Florida Panhandle beach. Simmering conflicts erupt as a hurricane bears down on the beach, until an explosive 24 hours of violence – natural and human – changes the bar and the lives of the people in it forever. The Sky After Rain is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.—Warren Samuel Miller, NPR ContributorThis book is fire in your hands. One of the finest novels I’ve read in years. From its quick-cut movement to the hardship of the characters and all those dark places they dwell. It packs tension. Intensity. Glints of inner light. The work moves with such immediacy and build that you can’t put it down. You wouldn’t want to. Trust me.–Jonathan Starke, Editor of PalookaA story of need, lost souls alienated in a storm-tossed world of guilt and longing, The Sky After Rain engages and elevates the heart, mind, and soul. The story’s unity of action is revealed in the opening sentence and at every turn and with every image. The mystery of the cooler baby and the secret of Jimmy Nails are just two examples of misplaced people caught up in the need to escape their current plight—as we all do from time to time.—F. Armstrong Green, Critic and Founder of The Bard Society, a working writer's workshop for forty years runningWhen Amnaj Boonngamanong steps outside his darkened bar, the En La Playa, he sees bright sky and the glimmering, smooth surface of the Gulf. But a storm is coming. The Sky After Rain is a well-crafted tale of characters whose orbits collide in a search for meaning and redemption. The storm comes, and all of Sky's souls are momentarily united to follow the televised search for an infant adrift in the Gulf in a cooler. Still, the bar girls desperately search for a bright future and the Afghanistan War vets long to forget the horrors of their past. The storm rages—and so do the lives.—Mike Walsh, author of the Ocean Park Mysteries  (The Wild Rose Press)